A Reporter's Notes from Secret Documents: The Plot Hatched in April and May, 1999 (Part 2)
In June 1999, the Chinese government's campaign known as "Dealing with and Solving the Falun Gong Issue" was made public, although it had been secretly hatched and implemented much earlier. Since the covert action was launched, it evolved exactly as detailed in a secret document. During the progression of the "dealing with and solving" the Falun Gong issue, the number of government documents and their communication to lower levels were unprecedented in the history of the Party. It is important to note that all these "secrets" were derived from the letter by Jiang Zemin to the Politburo entitled, "About the Fundamental Beliefs of a Party Member." From that time onwards the campaign against Falun Gong gradually escalated. Its progress had steadily advanced, and its content had become common knowledge among the local authorities, "No law regulates the treatment of Falun Gong practitioners," and "death of Falun Gong practitioners from beatings is nothing and shall be counted as suicide."
The following is a summary of the article.
- Mid-April, 1999
- May 10, 1999, secret Document "Dealing with the Falun Gong Issue" made public
- Forewarning of the covert action, leading to the persecution
- The concluding report of the retired cadres of the State Sports Commission and the National People's Congress
- May 12th, 1999, publishing of the secret document, the Public Security Ministry Circular  No. 27
- May 11, 1999, issuance of "Notice on Printing and Publishing Two Falun Gong Materials"
- June 1999, "Circular on Further Safeguarding Social Stability," to be destroyed after reading
- Political terror
- Social stability
- Why Did Jiang Zemin Want to "Eliminate Falun Gong"?
- April 27 1999. The distribution of the "Top Secret Document of  No. 14," Issued by the General Office of the Party Central Committee
- Jiang Zemin's Letter, the source of another catastrophe for China
- The story of the old man Li Qihua
- The issue of personal belief became a direct excuse for the persecution
- The more documents are produced, the more frantic the suppression becomes
- The mistake of suppressing Falun Gong (Excerpts)
- Secret order after secret order directly led to law enforcement officials breaking the law, aggravating the severity of the persecution
- May 11, 1999, issuance of "Notice on Printing and Publishing Two Falun Gong Materials "
The document showed that after April 25 and before July 20, 1999, Shandong Province was selected as one of the key provinces in persecuting Falun Gong. The "Notice on Printing and Publishing Two Falun Gong Materials" issued on May 11, 1999, had been prepared by the General Office of the Shandong Provincial Party Committee and handed down to "all the leading members of the Party Committees of the cities and counties, large state run enterprises and institutions of higher learning, the departments and commissions of the province, the Party organizations of the provincial government, Party committees of the people's organizations and the Provincial Military Party Committee." It required the leading members to conscientiously solve the problem of belief in the education campaign of "Three Emphasizes" [a political policy emphasizing politics, study and what was called a "healthy atmosphere"].
The notice declared, "It is the opinion of the Provincial Party Committee to distribute to you two documents on the issue of Falun Gong entitled, "On the Issue of Fundamental Belief for the Party Members" and "On Li Hongzhi" and hope you can tell all the Party members and cadres about them in your own words so that we will further unify our thinking... " In 1999, the Provincial Party Secretary of Shandong Province was Wu Guanzheng, who later became Jiang Zemin's follower to maintain his administrative system. Since July 20, 1999, Wu Guanzheng bore direct responsibility for at least 104 Falun Gong practitioners' deaths by torture occurring in Shandong Province, thus ranking No. 3 among all provinces for the deaths of Falun Gong practitioners as a result of torture. Jiang Zemin brought Wu Guanzheng into the Politburo and rewarded him for his efforts in persecuting Falun Gong, and made him the secretary of the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection of the Chinese Party.
- June 1999, "Circular on Further Safeguarding Social Stability" to be destroyed after reading
On June 18, 1999, the second document, "Circular on Further Safeguarding Social Stability," was faxed to me from China. The notification disclosed, "After the incident on April 25, 1999, when some Falun Gong practitioners gathered outside Zhongnanhai, the Party Committees and governments at all levels earnestly carried out the "important instructions" distributed by Comrade Jiang Zemin. Additionally, the related instructions from the Party Central Committee "had done a lot of ideological preparation." That should put all the secret preparations in perspective! The appeal of Falun Gong practitioners on April 25 was resolved peacefully with Premier Zhu Rongji and the Appeal Office leaders of the State Council. However, this appeal was another motivation for Jiang Zemin, who toured the appeal area on April 25 in a bulletproof limousine, to initiate the persecution. He did not attempt any positive action to resolve the issue. For Jiang Zemin, it became the focal point for further "important instructions" and marked the beginning of "a lot of ideological work."
The aforementioned circular was drafted after the gathering to celebrate the birthday of Li Hongzhi, and the May 22nd Seventh Anniversary of the establishment of Falun Gong by practitioners in more than ten cities. It was alleged that the core practitioners of Falun Gong "intentionally wanted to extend political influence and endanger social stability. Therefore, the leading members at all levels of the Party and government must be involved in the educational campaign of "Three Emphasizes," currently carried out among them. It was imperative to continue to hone their political insight and improve upon their political discrimination.
The aforementioned should put everything into further perspective. In recent years the following thought became well known among many Party members from Mainland China, "Falun Gong was banned because it was accused as 'playing politics'." I could not understand such a statement in the past. If one's friend or a family member had been beaten to death or illegally detained without cause, one would try to clarify the truth and urge the authorities to solve the issue under to existing laws to obtain justice. How can this kind of action be labeled playing politics? In the recent past, I practiced Falun Gong in order to obtain good health and was praised by the government for reducing medical costs. However, today, if I practiced Falun Gong, I would be accused of belonging to a cult and deemed a mental patient. How can it be called "playing politics," if I come forward with good intent and speak justly for myself and Falun Gong? Let's thus consider April 25th again! If the appeal by ten thousand Falun Gong practitioners in front of the Appeals Office of the State Council, which was carried out under the existing Constitution and law, is considered playing politics, then wouldn't the person who created the appeal office at Fuyou Street next to the State Council be named the number one political criminal?
- Political Terror
The documents I reviewed repeatedly stressed that the "Three Emphasizes" policy's intent is to "emphasize politics", "politics" and "politics." It suddenly became clear to me why Jiang Zemin's "Three Emphasizes" put politics above all else. In essence it was intended to utilize politics or political power to explain everything. Thus, the real intent was to make people terrified over the word "politics" and recognize the political terror.
I still remember a story from my childhood about a monkey trainer. The trainer heated an iron rod until it was red hot and then asked a monkey to pick it up with the rest of monkeys as onlookers. The monkey that was ordered to pick up the rod gave a horrible shriek from being burnt, and all the other monkeys witnessed the entire scenario. The enforcement of this particular action made all the monkeys terrified at the sight of an iron rod for a long time. They would become very hostile or protective, even when seeing a toy stick carried by a child. This is because the stick and the punishment have become an inseparable concept. The monkeys would think that all sticks would have a detrimental effect on their well being.
Please bear with my digression at this time. Our ancestors said, "A teacher for a day is a father for a lifetime." This shows the importance and the lasting relationship between a master and his students. The relationship between a master and disciples in cultivation circles is even more serious and precious. Therefore, Falun Gong practitioners want to celebrate their Teacher's birthday. This is perfectly reasonable. But, for Jiang Zemin, who wants nothing more than to eliminate Falun Gong, activities such as the celebration of the Falun Gong founder's birthday by Falun Gong practitioners was labeled as "playing politics." This became another excuse for the persecution. For Jiang, the teaching of "never taking part in politics," discussed explicitly in Falun Gong books, and the fact that in this world not everyone is interested in money and power, was something beyond his comprehension. It is well known that Jiang Zemin is reluctant to give up his power and his position. To curry favor, every year people will hold "political activities" for him to "expand his political influence." Isn't it logical that given Jiang's own theory, there is enough to sentence him to imprisonment in Qincheng (1) ten times over? It is very important that the celebration of "The World Falun Dafa Day" and Teacher's birthday are arranged by Falun Gong practitioners outside China. This is an effective tool to let the world know about the many innocent people languishing in prison or being tortured.
This circular received in June includes a note, which is written in larger font, saying to destroy the note after reading. Since it involves large numbers of Falun Gong practitioners, it is a state policy document and should be filed properly. Why was it not filed? Doesn't this send a disturbing message? Is there something they want to hide? Isn't this detrimental to the stability of society?
An article in Clearwisdom published in October 2000 talked about this very well.
"In the 'system' of Jiang's 'emphasizing politics' there are a lot of labels, among which the most often used are 'subverting the government' and 'anti-China forces'. It seems that as long as you are labeled with the charge of 'subverting the government', they can do whatever they want to you. However, if a group of honest common people can 'subvert the government' by practicing the exercises to keep fit, then the government is simply too weak. As for the 'anti-China forces', it is like Hitler justifying his killing of Jews by stirring up German nationalist sentiments. This is because those who have been persecuted by Jiang Zemin are the most kind-hearted people.
The Chinese people have gone through many political movements. Each time there would be some people presenting themselves as awe-inspiring righteous figures, while they persecute innocent people in the name of the government and people. This kind of political movement is still going on in China. This is a tragedy of the Chinese people.
In fact, the one who started the persecution is the one who is really 'subverting the government' and the one who is really an 'anti-China force'.
- Social Stability
The following expression says it clearly, "The setting sun in the sky above no longer provided warmth, and before I noticed, the cold air chilled me by penetrating the window screen." Because of these secret documents, the happy lives of tens of millions of people were turned upside down. Unfortunately, this has come to light only recently. This recollection during this quiet evening makes me miss the Falun Gong practitioners on the other side of the Pacific Ocean even more.
My thoughts returned to 1999, when numerous Falun Gong practitioners, trusting their government and holding no fear of being arrested or beaten, exercised their Constitutional rights and went to the appeals offices at all government levels to inform them of the unprovoked beatings by the Chinese authorities and let the government know the facts about Falun Gong. I remember an elderly man who traveled to Beijing on foot, during which he wore out nine pairs of shoes. He went there for only one purpose, and that was to speak justly for Falun Dafa.
When describing her experience in appealing for Falun Dafa, one female practitioner who suffered from infantile paralysis wrote: "I used to have infantile paralysis and was dependent on a wheelchair and crutches. Because of my poor legs, my life was full of hardships that normal people could not imagine. Though I was still quite young, I had already experienced so many hardships of this world. In August of 1995, I was fortunate to attain the precious Falun Dafa and my new life began at that time. Through studying the principles of Falun Dafa and practicing the exercises, miraculously, I no longer needed the crutches and the wheelchair that I had used for twenty-one years. I could even ride a bicycle and take part in the activities at our local site to promote Falun Dafa. Falun Dafa has brought happiness to my life, and my character has been improved as well."
"In November of 2000, I traveled to Beijing to appeal...one could see murderous looks everywhere. Uniformed and plain-clothes police were seen almost everywhere. They arrested every Falun Gong practitioner they met or saw. I tried to clarify the truth about Falun Gong to the people and tell them not to believe the news on TV, which was deliberately deceiving people.
Just then, a police car drove up to me and several people got out. They pushed me to the ground and then dragged me over to the car. Then they dragged another female practitioner over my body to the car door. They brutally beat me, since I had tried to stop them from beating other practitioners. My face turned black and blue, and was swollen and unrecognizable. My lips were swollen and lost color. Blows rained down on me! It was rumored that all these police were really just local thugs the government had hired. I could not believe that now the government and the outlaws had actually become one family."
Despite all this, these Falun Gong practitioners, besides suffering untold misery and anguish, still persistently, honestly and compassionately clarify the truth, hoping the people would not be deceived by the lies. Because they know many people in this world once were searching tirelessly for something they had waited and hoped for, something they could not explain with mere words. Falun Dafa practitioners on the other side of the Pacific Ocean, you have suffered so much! You are the conscience, the backbone of the Chinese people and the hope for social stability! The seeds of compassion you sowed today will certainly bear the greatest fruit tomorrow. The conspirators and persecutors that dare not be exposed to the sunlight cannot escape their responsibility for the crimes they have committed.
(To be continued)
(1) Refers to Qincheng Prison, which is the place the Chinese government uses to imprison and torture "important political prisoners".